RUBY is a bi-annual literary magazine and press that publishes short-form food narratives that strive for voice and artistry. We want work that grabs us and doesn’t let us go—fierce prose we wish we had written. Send us your literary, genre-nonconforming, experimental, hybrid, surprising, tender, painful words. Food narratives are vulnerable narratives, stories of belonging, identity, justice, disparities, and community. Food is biography. It is complex, imbued with harm and healing, trauma and love. Our experiences with food almost immediately become storied into narrative.
RUBY reads submissions for its literary magazine twice during the year from March 1 to April 30 and from October 1 to November 30.
Submissions are free.
Submissions for our Flash Community Cookbook project will open on January 1, 2022. Details are forthcoming.
RUBY reviews submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid works up to 1,000 words and themed essays up to 3,000 words. We do not consider unsolicited, previously published work.
All previously unpublished submissions should appear in English.
Translations are welcome and should be accompanied by a copy of the original, previously unpublished text along with a statement certifying permission to publish from the translation rights holder.
Please submit to one genre per reading period.
If you choose to submit flash narratives for consideration, you may send up to 1,000 words maximum among one to three pieces in a single document.
RUBY welcomes traditional as well as experimental and hybrid forms of the essay of any length up to 3,000 words that challenge and reinvent the conventions of the genre that answers to our reading period theme. Should your essay rely on reportage and research, please be prepared to provide documentation of your sources for fact-checking.
Food memories are so deeply embodied and enmeshed that we reach for our senses and other sensual experiences to describe them. Like language, food is interpretable and symbolic, and it serves to make meaning as narrative. When we describe what we eat—how we prepare and experience it, where we obtain it, the spaces in which we eat, and how we share it—or don’t—we reveal who we and our characters are.
The essay theme for October 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021 is food and memory.
How to Submit
We are honored to partner with Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine and Submittable. Click on the button below to submit to the appropriate Ruby category and to donate to Bartleby Snopes. Submissions are free.
Please notify RUBY immediately if your simultaneous submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Upon acceptance, RUBY requires First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) and non-exclusive electronic, archival, promotional, and anthology publishing rights indefinitely so that RUBY may archive your work online, promote your work in various media, and compile your work in an online or print anthology if we so choose. Copyright reverts to the author or translator upon publication. For reprints, we hope you will acknowledge your work’s first appearance in RUBY. Should you ever wish to remove your work from RUBY‘s archives, please contact us at rubyliterarypress [at] gmail [dot] com.